Unlikely friendships movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant unlikely friendships movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out touching, feel good, clever, humorous, interesting and realistic films and TV shows about / with unlikely friendships, storytelling, mentor, destiny, friendship, redemption, life philosophy, runaway, dialogue and culture clash plots mostly in Comedy, Drama and Adventure genres shot in USA, UK, Australia and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as unlikely friendships: The Intouchables (2011), The Bucket List (2007), Up (2009), The King's Speech (2010), How to Train Your Dragon (2010), As Good as It Gets (1997), The Intern (2015), Penelope (2006), The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Ice Age (2002).

List of unlikely friendships movies

The Intouchables (2011)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A true story of two men who should never have met – a quadriplegic aristocrat who was injured in a paragliding accident and a young man from the projects.
Style: uplifting, touching, feel good, inspirational, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, unlikely friendships, life philosophy, friends, culture clash, disability, lifestyle change, handicapped, redemption, starting over, human relationship, french ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: france, paris france
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 7.4
 234K
The Bucket List (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers are worlds apart. At a crossroads in their lives, they share a hospital room and discover they have two things in common: a desire to spend the time they have left doing ...
Style: inspirational, sentimental, touching, feel good, compassionate ...
Plot: journey, unlikely friendships, terminal illness, elderly, follow your dream, friendship, adventure, death, human spirit, golden years, dying, millionaire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: himalaya, usa, french riviera, tibet, africa ...
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 8.2
 953K
Up (2009)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives ...
Style: feel good, exciting, touching, sweet, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, loneliness, unlikely friendships, family, follow your dream, journey, dog, friendship, obsessive quest, friends, talking animals, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: latin america, south america, mount everest, venezuela
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
Duration: 118 min.
Story: The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, unlikely friendships, british history, royal family, friendship, king, aristocracy, period piece, queen, disability, world war two ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
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How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: As the son of a Viking leader on the cusp of manhood, shy Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III faces a rite of passage: he must kill a dragon to prove his warrior mettle. But after downing a feared dragon, he realizes that he no longer wants to destroy it, ...
Style: feel good, exciting, atmospheric, touching, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: dragon, friendship, unlikely friendships, adventure, family, happy ending, imaginary, young kid, friends, vikings, imaginary kingdom, teamwork ...
Place: scandinavia
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As Good as It Gets (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will ...
Style: sentimental, sweet, touching, captivating, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: dog, unlikely friendships, writers, neighbor, opposites attract, single parent, friendship, older man younger woman relationship, looking for love, age difference, artist, waitress ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, cuba
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 7.1
 227K
The Intern (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
Style: feel good, inspirational, light, sweet, touching ...
Audience: family outing, chick flick, girls' night
Plot: workplace, mentor, workplace situations, unlikely friendships, office, friendship, life philosophy, elderly, fashion, computers and web, family, intern ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, san francisco, california
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 6.7
 61K
Penelope (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Forlorn heiress Penelope Wilhern is cursed, and the only way out is to fall in love with someone of suitable stock. But how can she find her soul mate when she's sequestered inside her family's estate with only her parents to keep her ...
Style: fairy tale, feel good, romantic, light, sweet ...
Audience: girls' night, teens, family outing, date night, chick flick
Plot: fall in love, love and romance, romance, unlikely friendships, true love, witch, magical, loneliness, looking for love, secret identity, disfigurement, physical appearance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 19th century
Place: london
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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, ...
Style: captivating, clever, touching, uplifting, inspirational ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, false accusation, prison escape, freedom, prison life, powerful ending, life is a bitch, confined, life sentence, existentialism, hopes ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 60s, 50s, 40s ...
Place: usa, maine, pacific ocean, mexico
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 7.5
 449K
Ice Age (2002)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia
Duration: 81 min.
Story: With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. ...
Style: road movie, touching, feel good, humorous, not serious ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, pre-teens, date night
Plot: talking animals, friendship, unlikely friendships, rescue, adventure, journey, family, caveman, animal life, life risking, creature, odd couple ...
Time: stone age, prehistoric times, prehistory, prehistoric
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A Man Called Ove (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Despite grumpy 59 year-old Ove being deposed as president of his condominium association, but he keeps looking over the neighbourhood with an iron fist. When pregnant Parvaneh and her family move into the terraced house opposite Ove and she ...
Style: touching, compassionate, emotional, ironic, scenic ...
Plot: unlikely friendships, neighbor neighbor relationship, husband wife relationship, suicide attempt, cancer, suicide thoughts, suicidal thoughts, flashback, mentor, life & death, loneliness, love ...
Time: year 2014
Place: sweden, spain, eastern europe
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 8.0
 653K
Ratatouille (2007)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated ...
Style: feel good, sweet, inspirational, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, follow your dream, chef, cooking, food, cooking and food, rat, mouse, unlikely friendships, talking animals, young man, rise to the top ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, europe
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 6.5
 327K
Due Date (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Peter Highman must scramble across the US in five days to be present for the birth of his first child. He gets off to a bad start when his wallet and luggage are stolen, and put on the 'no-fly' list. Peter embarks on a terrifying journey ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, feel good, not serious, road movie ...
Plot: road trip, unlikely friendships, hitchhiker, slacker, stupidity, getting home, marijuana, weed, race against time, stoners, childbirth, odd couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, los angeles, atlanta georgia, alabama, dallas texas ...
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When Harry Met Sally... (1989)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During their travels from Chicago to New York, Harry and Sally Will debate whether or not sex ruins a perfect relationship between a man and a woman. Eleven years later, and they're still no closer to finding the answer.
Style: feel good, sentimental, sincere, romantic, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, teens
Plot: male female friendship, unlikely friendships, friendship, unlikely couple, love and romance, best friends in love, platonic, looking for love, romance, friends, initially antagonists, up and down relationship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1977, year 1982, year 1987 ...
Place: new york, usa
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Scent of a Woman (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Charlie Simms is a student at a private preparatory school who comes from a poor family. To earn the money for his flight home to Gresham, Oregon for Christmas, Charlie takes a job over Thanksgiving looking after retired U.S. Army officer Lieutenant ...
Style: sentimental, dramatic, realistic, touching, inspirational ...
Plot: human spirit, human nature, friendship, blind character, mentor, unlikely friendships, depression, teaching the ways of the world, ex military, thanksgiving, blindness, change of heart ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new england
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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: While serving time for insanity at a state mental hospital, implacable rabble-rouser, Randle Patrick McMurphy inspires his fellow patients to rebel against the authoritarian rule of head nurse, Mildred Ratched.
Style: psychological, tragicomedy, dramatic, interesting, uplifting ...
Plot: human spirit, fighting the system, mental institution, freedom, insanity, anti hero, unlikely friendships, dehumanization, escaped mental patient, nurse, doctors and patients, society ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: oregon
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Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn't prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie's determined to go pro and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her.
Style: emotional, bleak, sad, rough, bad ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: boxing, determination, underdog, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, female boxer, sport, human spirit, follow your dream, ambition, mentor protege relationship, contests and competitions ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas, europe, england ...
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 8.1
 167K
Mary and Max (2009)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary, a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max, a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. In the mid-1970's, a homely, friendless ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: loneliness, social misfits, friendship, depression, letter, unlikely friendships, correspondence, neighbor, young woman, asperger's syndrome, mental illness, suffering ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: australia, new york, usa
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 8.0
 434K
The Help (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's ...
Style: touching, uplifting, thought provoking, inspirational, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, maid, friendship, master and servant, discrimination, civil rights, racial issues, interracial relations, social relations, hopes, writers, racial segregation ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa, united states
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Monsters University (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren't necessarily the best of friends.
Style: light, feel good, humorous, funny, intense ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, university, college, teamwork, disney, unlikely friendships, monster, student life, odd couple, fraternity, bully, foe turned friend ...
Time: 2000s, 2010s, 1990s, 80s, 90s ...
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 8.1
 62K
Good Omens (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 328 min.
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Story: In 2019 the world is on the brink of an apocalypse as humanity prepares for a final judgment. But follies ensue — Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a demon aren’t enthusiastic about the end of the world, and can’t seem to find ...
Style: witty, exciting, captivating, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: angel, demon, armageddon, prophecy, heaven and hell, devil, antichrist, fallen angel, foe turned friend, end of the world, hell, good versus evil ...
Place: england, usa, london, africa
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 7.0
 243K
Rush Hour (1998)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the ...
Style: buddy comedy, humorous, exciting, funny, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: reluctant partners, two man army, fbi, kung fu, martial arts, unlikely friendships, police investigation, fish out of water, ransom, chase, kidnapping, fight scenes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, year 1997
Place: los angeles, usa, hong kong, california, united states ...
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The Station Agent (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When his only friend dies, a man born with dwarfism moves to rural New Jersey to live a life of solitude, only to meet a chatty hot dog vendor and a woman dealing with her own personal loss.
Style: sincere, touching, humorous, tragicomedy, captivating ...
Plot: loneliness, friendship, unlikely friendships, depression, small town, dwarf, inheritance, solitude, bittersweet, lifestyle, society, loss ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new jersey, usa, canada, manhattan new york city, newfoundland
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 7.1
 175K
About a Boy (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA, France, Germany
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Will Freeman is a hip Londoner who one day realizes that his friends are all involved with the responsibilities of married life and that leaves him alone in the cold. Passing himself off as a single father, he starts to meet a string of single mums, ...
Style: feel good, romantic, sentimental, humorous, realistic ...
Audience: date night, chick flick, girls' night, kids, teens
Plot: single parent, mentor, friendship, singleness, dysfunctional family, single father, unlikely friendships, coming of age, family relations, womanizer, dating, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, britain, united kingdom
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Lost in Translation (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two lost souls visiting Tokyo -- the young, neglected wife of a photographer and a washed-up movie star shooting a TV commercial -- find an odd solace and pensive freedom to be real in each other's company, away from their lives in America.
Style: melancholic, atmospheric, psychological, touching, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: loneliness, midlife crisis, age difference, culture clash, unlikely couple, older man younger woman relationship, actor, couple relations, friendship, dull life, housewife, fish out of water ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, kyoto japan, yale university
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 7.9
 581K
Star Trek (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The fate of the galaxy rests in the hands of bitter rivals. One, James Kirk, is a delinquent, thrill-seeking Iowa farm boy. The other, Spock, a Vulcan, was raised in a logic-based society that rejects all emotion. As fiery instinct clashes with calm ...
Style: futuristic, exciting, humorous, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: spacecraft, space travel, space wars, space opera, space and aliens, adventure, teleportation, teamwork, heroic mission, time paradox, imaginary, heroes ...
Time: future, 24th century, 23rd century
Place: san francisco, iowa
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 6.9
 40K
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small-town roots. Instead, she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and ...
Style: sincere, captivating, serious, realistic, intense ...
Plot: female soldier, female protagonist, military, unlikely friendships, american abroad, friendship, introspection, prison life, prison, military police, relationships, stereotypes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: cuba, iraq, california
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 6.8
 13K
With Honors (1994)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Convinced he'll graduate with honors because of his thesis paper, a stuffy Harvard student finds his paper being held hostage by a homeless man, who might be the guy to school the young man in life.
Style: touching, feel good, sentimental, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: friendship, college, law school, homeless, graduation, unlikely friendships, college student, self discovery, youth, ambition, human nature, father son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, future
Place: usa, massachusetts, harvard university, boston, new jersey
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 6.9
 373K
Madagascar (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York's Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends -- Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo -- have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, witty, funny ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers, girls' night
Plot: friendship, lion, talking animals, jungle, journey, island, escape, adventure, rescue, animals, zebra, friends ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: madagascar, africa, antarctica, new york, manhattan new york city ...
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, concentration camp, against humanity, childhood, friendship, nazism, gas chamber, wartime life, atrocity, nazi germany ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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